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MDC Awarded State Farm Grant for Financial Literacy Workshop

~ Workshop Targets ESOL Students

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Miami, February 12, 2013 - Miami, Feb. 12, 2013 – Thanks to a recently announced grant from State Farm Insurance, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Business will host a financial literacy workshop. The free class, scheduled for April 3, is geared to ESOL students or English Speakers of Other Languages as a way to help them understand good financial practices in the U.S.

The School of Business collaborated with MDC’s Center for Financial Training (CFT) to apply for the $5,000 grant and organize the workshop, which will take place from noon to 1 p.m., at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The workshop, being taught by two of MDC’s Honors College students, will cover topics on savings, budgeting and credit. An estimated 50 students are expected to attend.

“Assisting students in learning the intricacies of financial planning is one of our goals, and this seminar is the starting point,” says Dr. Ana M. Cruz, Chair of the Business Department at MDC’s Wolfson campus. 

MDC serves one of the most diverse student populations in the country. Located in the epicenter of international business, and boosting award-winning faculty, MDC’s School of Business seeks to give students a well-rounded education and guidance for a successful financial future. A check presentation for the $5,000 grant will be held at the workshop. The class is free and open to all MDC students.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

About State Farm®

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MDC Financial Literacy Workshop

  • WHEN: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus 300 NE Second Ave., Room 7128 (Building 3)

For more information, please contact MDC’s School of Business, Wolfson campus at 305-237-3151

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